Something is missing, someone is dead, many of them are motivated, and no one is telling the whole truth. The Taproot Theater invites you to recline and study the scenery. With a great cast, dynamic characters and some unexpected humor, black coffee is a fun treat through Agatha Christie’s world of mystery.
Sir Claude Armory is an inventor who created a formula for a new generation of weapons that will increase the power of weapons a hundredfold. When the formula disappears during a dinner party, he faces his guests. Before the thief can be verified, someone ends up dead. Detective Hercule Poirot is summoned and begins his close examination of the scene and interrogation of all the guests, as they each reveal clues about the others and reveal their own motives. While intricate in details, the story follows the typical path of mystery, leading to a satisfying conclusion.
Dignitaries black coffee Many of the metaphors we’ve come to expect include ambiguity, but the actors so lively and interesting that we soon forget or don’t care anymore that they are stereotypes. Kim Norris as Miss Caroline Armory in her cockpit. While the character is writing for entertainment, Norris finds a way to make opening her eyes a bit of comedy. Claire Marks as the brooding Barbara Amore has never been better, playing with the edge of daring while never leaving the esteemed world of Agatha Christie. She was allowed to do as Marx always casually raises her voice. Justine Yu-Ping Davis as troubled Lucia Armory shows a wide range of passion and skill. She plays with the audience so you’re never sure if you believe her or not. Michael Winters once again displays his mastery, shooting three separate roles and making them so different that if the show didn’t say it, you might not believe it was the same actor. Samuel Jones as Dr. Carrelli was cunning and sharp. A charming but suspicious stranger can threaten with a smile. Born to be Poirot, Richard Nguyen Slonecker captured both his wit and wit by nuance. Even in the quiet moments, his character was so energetic you could almost see the wheels spinning in his head as the pieces fell into place.
The landscape design by Mark Lund was one of the best I’ve seen at Taproot. Details were numerous and thoughtful, and the design supported the movement of the story and made the most of the thrust phase. Chris Chergye’s costumes were beautiful and perfectly suited to both the actors and the show’s period. But what really makes this show successful, is the direction of Marianne Savile. The text is long and full of details that can get boring and cumbersome. Savell kept the pace moving while also allowing certain moments to breathe which heightened the emotions. Most importantly, she found many places to infuse the humor between the lines. The scene with Carelli and Caroline and the spinning was pure genius and executed perfectly. Savell also had the entire cast buy into her vision and never miss a comedic opportunity. And if you get the chance, make your way upstairs to watch the amazing dramatic show created by Rowan Gallagher.
Black Coffee reminds us why everything retro is popular. Riddles are fun, and these riddles, penned by the great Agatha Christie, were written for theater and not an adaptation. If you’ve been craving a puzzle, a laugh, or an escape from the hustle of everyday life, head over to the Taproot Theatre. They only have medicine to treat you. You have until August 13th just to catch this. For tickets or more information, visit https://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2186205®id=17&articlelink=https%3A%2F%2Ftaproottheatre.org%2Fshows%2F2022%2Fblack-coffee%2F? article & utm_content = bottombuybutton1.